CWRU to assume management of historic Town Hall of Cleveland speaker series

Author, activist Gloria Steinem to open 2014-15 series Sept. 9 at new Tinkham Veale University Center

Town Hall logoTown Hall of Cleveland, the nation’s longest consecutive-running speaker series, and Case Western Reserve University, the program’s academic sponsor since 2010, jointly announced today an expanded partnership in which the university will assume management and full operation of the series by July.

The newly named “Town Hall of Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University” preserves and expands the rich legacy of the 83-year-old public lecture series. Programming also moves from Playhouse Square to Case Western Reserve’s new Tinkham Veale University Center, which opens this August.

“We are proud to collaborate with the Town Hall of Cleveland to continue this extraordinary program,” President Barbara R. Snyder said. “We look forward to having leading thinkers, innovators and other remarkable individuals share their ideas and experiences with our campus constituents and the broader community.”

The 2014-15 speaker series—featuring two events this fall and two next spring—opens with writer, lecturer and activist Gloria Steinem on Sept. 9. Steinem’s appearance is in partnership with CWRU’s Flora Stone Mather Center for Women and celebrates the center’s 10th anniversary. The university will announce speakers for future events this summer.

A patron package with reserved seating for all four 2014-15 events is $150, including parking at the covered Severance Hall Garage, with direct, weather-protected access to the Tinkham Veale University Center, located on the University Circle campus. Individual tickets are $30, parking not included.

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Founded in 1931, Town Hall of Cleveland has provided a public-lecture forum for such dignitaries, world leaders, artists and entertainers as Winston Churchill, Henry Kissinger, Art Buchwald, Henry Fonda, Dan Rather, Barry Goldwater, Alistair Cooke and many more.

Town Hall of Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University will continue to provide a forum for the community to engage in intellectual discussions with social, business and cultural leaders as well as other newsmakers.

“The Town Hall of Cleveland is pleased to have found in Case Western Reserve University a partner with the vision, commitment and resources to enable Town Hall to continue its proud history,” said Mark Olson, chair of Town Hall of Cleveland’s board of trustees’ executive committee. “We look forward to working with the university through the transition period and putting together an exciting and compelling program for the first season on the CWRU campus. We are confident the series will be in good hands.”